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Julian Wood

Julian Wood

Julian Wood

About Julian Wood

Researcher

Julian works on our economics project, primarily examining regional development in New Zealand. With a Master’s in Social Science from Waikato University, Julian brings a depth of experience from his time working as a senior policy analyst for the Department of Labour, where he focused on labour market dynamics, minimum wage and employment legislation, regional development, business dynamics, and immigration.

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Good migration policy is about more than just jobs

By Julian Wood


Recent political posturing over partnership visas and arranged marriages is a troubling distraction that derails the real, necessary debates we…

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Review our reliance on temporary workers

By Julian Wood


New Zealanders are heavy users of temporary work migration, so it was disappointing that no-one seriously discussed this last week…

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Checking our climate blind spots

By Julian Wood


When it comes to emissions it is easy for us to obsess about factories and farmers as if these activities…

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Preparing for economic downturn

By Julian Wood


There’s been a lot of recent chat about a possible economic downturn, and many seem to be living under the…

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public private partnership

The pitfalls and priorities of Public Private Partnerships

By Julian Wood


New Zealand has a long and contentious history of private public partnerships (or PPPs). The biggest argument in favour of…

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We can’t afford to sleep on climate risks any longer

By Julian Wood


The story of Rip Van Winkle, first published 200 years ago, resonates deeply with me. I too feel like I…

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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

Budget reveals wellbeing will cost more than Rules allow

By Julian Wood


The figures announced in last week’s Wellbeing Budget stretches the Government’s self-imposed Budget Responsibility Rules (keeping the level of net…

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Making New Zealand “sexy”

By Julian Wood


In contrast with our apparently “sexy” accent, New Zealand is struggling when it comes to being attractive as a long-term…

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Offering the best of “real” New Zealand

By Julian Wood


We’ve been rightly proud of our country’s unity in response to the Christchurch mosque attacks. But in the weeks following…

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LRG Cover Image A Risk Worth Taking - Provincial Growth Fund

Think Big 2.0: The Provincial Growth Fund risks turning into a fiasco

By Alex Penk


This article was written by Alex Penk and Julian Wood, and first published on The Spinoff on 26 February, on…

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Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

By Alex Penk


On the morning of the release of our analysis of the Provincial Growth Fund, our report was featured on the…

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LRG Cover Image A Risk Worth Taking - Provincial Growth Fund

Making the Provincial Growth Fund a risk worth taking

By Julian Wood


The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) represents a once in a generation opportunity to support a sustainable future for New Zealand’s…

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LRG Cover Image A Risk Worth Taking - Provincial Growth Fund

Regional Development Policy Paper – A Risk Worth Taking

By Julian Wood


One year into the $3B Provincial Growth Fund, Maxim Institute’s new research A Risk Worth Taking – Ensuring the Provincial…

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Losing All Blacks nothing to fear

By Julian Wood


In a surprise move, a group of the top 1 percent of male New Zealand income earners are appealing for…

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Sabotaging the lifts in New Zealand’s tower of wealth

By Julian Wood


If you haven’t seen the 2018 Side Eye Inequality Tower by Toby Morris and Max Rashbrooke, it’s well worth a…

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Irresponsible lenders on borrowed time

By Julian Wood


While borrowing money at an annualised interest rate of up to 693% wouldn’t appear at the top of anyone’s wish…

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The $64,000 question

By Julian Wood


As my colleague discussed in a recent column, we have to be careful that our desire to punish offenders and…

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Taking the Right Risks for the regions – Newsroom column

Taking the Right Risks for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


At the launch of our Taking the Right Risks policy paper, Alex Penk and Julian Wood co-authored a column for…

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Time to take a risk for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


To lay out an explanation for the recommendations in our Taking the Right Risks policy paper on regional development, Alex Penk…

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Regional Development Policy Paper: Taking the Right Risks

By Julian Wood


Our previous work on regional development laid out the evidence that large parts of New Zealand are facing a 30 year wave…

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